Dream Theater - The Astonishing

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The Astonishing is the thirteenth studio album by American progressive rock / metal band Dream Theater, released in January 2016 via Roadrunner Records.

Dream Theater formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John PetrucciJohn Myung, and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. They subsequently dropped out of their studies to concentrate further on the band that would ultimately become Dream Theater. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together along with James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess until September 8, 2010, when Portnoy left the band. In October 2010, the band held auditions for a drummer to replace PortnoyMike Mangini was announced as the new permanent drummer on April 29, 2011.

The band is well known for the technical proficiency of its instrumentalists, who have won many awards from music instruction magazines.

The Astonishing is a concept album set in a dystopian future United States and follows the Ravenskill Rebel Militia in their efforts to defy the Great Northern Empire of the Americas using the magical power of music. The concept was developed by guitarist John Petrucci and all the band members quickly got behind the idea, including their record company as well, who were enthusiastic. Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan Rudess worked the music together and presented their initial drafts to the other band members who then added and wrote in their parts for their own instruments. In an interview with Artisan News, drummer Mike Mangini reflected, "The biggest challenge for me was interpreting the initial music that was given to me, because there were no drums. So [I was like], 'All right, I need to listen to this, really, as a whole piece to understand where I should kind of let loose or I should lay back a lot.' All that. Just to see it as a whole, 'cause I don't wanna play blindly or try to fit too much where it doesn't belong"...

Veteran composer David Campbell was enlisted to help with orchestrations and arrangements for organic sounds that the band wanted to include, such as strings and choral voices. Campbell then oversaw the recording of these parts in various studios around the world. The album was recorded and mixed during 2015.

The Astonishing has been described as an "honest to God rock opera" by Rolling Stone magazine and has been compared to The Who's Tommy, Rush's 2112 and Pink Floyd's The Wall. The album is a magnum opus with 34 tracks and a total running time of more than two hours. The album's story was inspired by Petrucci's love of fantasy and science fiction franchises such as Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars, as well as his observations on the role of technology in modern-day society.

This is a true rock opera, complete with a cast of characters, a fantastical plot, animated trailers and a teeming raft of ancillary maps and legends.

The album received positive reviews from music critics. Rolling Stone magazine summed up the album as "...However flamboyant or corny the exercise might seem, the players to their credit commit to it fully, while also littering the sonic landscape with chopsy flourishes to reassure the faithful. Enacting all eight characters, vocalist James LaBrie gives a tour de force performance...."

Two singles, The Gift of Music and Moment of Betrayal were released in the preceding months, The Astonishing  becoming the first Dream Theater album to reach #1 on the US Billboard Rock Chart. The album to date has peaked at #11 on the US Billboard 200, #11 on the UK and #10 on the Australian Albums charts.

Check out couple of tracks from the album.  Descent Of The NomacsDystopian Overture, Our New World, Moment of Betrayal and The Gift Of Music.

This limited box set contains 4LP records on 180 gram audiophile vinyl housed in two gatefold jackets with inserts, a double sided 18" x 24" map of The Great Northern Empire of the Americas and a digital download code, pressed in Europe.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Act 1

A1

Descent Of The Nomacs

 

A2

Dystopian Overture

 

A3

The Gift Of Music

 

A4

The Answer

 

A5

A Better Life

 

B6

Lord Nafaryus

 

B7

A Savior In The Square

 

B8

When Your Time Has Come

 

B9

Act Of Faythe

 

C10

Three Days

 

C11

The Hovering Sojourn

 

C12

Brother, Can You Hear Me?

 

C13

A Life Left Behind

 

D14

Ravenskill

 

D15

Chosen

 

D16

A Tempting Offer

 

D17

Digital Discord

 

E18

The X Aspect

 

E19

A New Beginning

 

E20

The Road To Revolution

 

 

 

Act 2

F1

2285 Entr'acte

 

F2

Moment Of Betrayal

 

F3

Heaven's Cove

 

F4

Begin Again

 

G5

The Path That Divides

 

G6

Machine Chatter

 

G7

The Walking Shadow

 

G8

My Last Farewell

 

G9

Losing Faythe

 

H10

Whispers On The Wind

 

H11            

Hymn Of A Thousand Voices                 

          

H12

Our New World

 

H13

Power Down

 

H14

Astonishing

 

SKU 016861749316
Record Label Roadrunner Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number RR7493-1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 11 March 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 29 January 2016
Barcode # 016861749316
Shipping Weight 1.5000kg
Shipping Width 0.022m
Shipping Height 0.325m
Shipping Length 0.320m
Shipping Cubic 0.002288m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition 4LP Record Box Set, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Digital Download Code, 4LPs Housed in 2 Gatefold Jackets with Inserts, Double-sided 18”x24” map of The Great Northern Empire of the Americas
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Progressive Metal
Format VINYL LP

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